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review 2017-11-22 15:02
Little Broken Things: A Novel - Nicole Baart

Duinn had got a text from her older sister Nora with a cryptic message of “ I have something for you”. This immediately frightens Quinn. Quinn’s family is successful and lives in a quiet neighborhood. Quinn lives near her mother and with her husband walker who is an artist. Quinn wonders where Nora has been for so long. Nora was the older sister and the wild child of the two. Nora took off right after HS graduation. Liz was Nora and Quinn’s mother and she had tried so hard to be the perfect wife and mother to Nora and Quinn that neither daughter could really connect with or trust their mother. Quinn and Nora had never been close. Quinn never in her wildest dreams thought Nora’s summons would involve Nora dropping off a six year old little girl she called Lucy but who was in fact Everlee. Everlee’s mother was Nora’s best friend- Tiffany’s daughter and Nora is determined to protect Lucy from Tiffany's nasty husband. Nora comes and drops off Lucy and tells Quinn not to tell anyone especially Liz with no explanations why. Quinn is to hide Lucy. Nora does promise to come back and get Lucy then Nora disappears. .   But it isn’t easy to hide Lucy. But everything Nora cares about is being threatened. Secrets are revealed as time goes on and tells about the damage to the family.

I had mixed feelings about this book. I loved how Quinn did step up to take care of Lucy especially since she really didn’t have much of a choice. I felt this book was filled with emotion, suspense, secrets. Hurt. family drama, tension, and so much more. I did like the different POVs shown. I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the book. But I did have problems connecting with some of the characters most of them really. It did drag for me at times. This was also fairly predictable. Also at times I had problems keeping my attention to the story and to want to finish the book. As i said I had mixed feelings but I am sure others got more from this book than I did.

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review 2017-11-18 09:30
Little Broken Things
Little Broken Things: A Novel - Nicole Baart

By:  Nichole Baart

ISBN: 1501133608

Publisher:  Atria 

Publication Date:  11/21/2017 

Format: Paperback  

My Rating:  5 Stars (ARC)


A compelling multi-layered story of family, LITTLE BROKEN THINGS by talented Nichole Baart —a beautifully written story of secrets of the past, motherhood, and sacrifices. Those desperately trying to protect those secrets. 

Triumph over tragedy. Loss, hope, and forgiveness. 

Set in Minnesota the Sanford family. Two estranged sisters, Quinn and Nora. They have never been close and Quinn is shocked when she receives a cryptic text message from her older sister Nora.

Nora shows up with a six-year-old girl. Her name is Lucy. (Everlee) She instructs her sister to keep her safe and not mention the child to anyone. Particularly their overbearing mother, Liz.

Quinn is married to an artist. Nora always thought her sister was the perfect one. Quinn was the beauty of the family and JJ was the brains – where did Nora fit in? 

Turns out Nora was the whole package: whip-smart and lovely, bighearted and wise. She is hiding a secret. Who is she protecting?

Quinn does not understand where this child came from and why is Nora leaving her in her care? Everyone wants answers. 

They must protect the child. Slowly the family mystery is unraveled and the parentage of Lucy. 

Told from three POV with highly charged topics. When nothing is as it appears. A family hiding behind a façade.

Haunting and heartbreaking, the painful past is revealed. A tragedy turns into something beautiful, bonding a family from the sins of the past. 

Powerful, emotional, and suspenseful. Love and friendship. An inside look at a family. A relationship between a mother and two sisters. The lengths one sister will go to protect the ones she loves. 


“Broken things are the loveliest.” —Sara Teasdale

For fans of domestic suspense and authors Amy Hatvany, Karma Brown, Joshilyn Jackson, and Heather Gudenkauf.

“We are all broken—that’s how the light gets in.”― Ernest

My first book by the author and looking forward to reading more. Would encourage you to read more about the author on her website! 

Impressive. Truly, her stories celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and beauty in the midst of brokenness. 

A special thank you to Atria and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy. 



Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/08/06/Little-Broken-Things
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review 2017-10-15 03:04
Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
Little Broken Things: A Novel - Nicole Baart

A special thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Past secrets and strained relationships are at the heart of Nicole Baart's newest novel, Little Broken Things.  Nora, estranged from her sister, Quinn, sends a cryptic text before showing up on her doorstep with a six-year-old girl.  Nora abruptly leaves the girl in Quinn's care with the instructions to keep her safe, and not to ask any questions.  Quinn and her mother, Liz, believe that the girl may be Nora's daughter.  


By telling the story through multiple viewpoints—Quinn, Nora, Liz, and Nora's friend, Tiffany—Baart slowly reveals the circumstances that led Nora to leaving the little girl in her sister's care.  Other past indiscretions are also brought to light to help explain why the relationships between the women are so strained.  Not everything is how it appears from the outside; Liz kept up appearances at all costs, no matter how exhausting and this was the trade off to preserve what she envisioned her image to be as a wife, mother, friend, and socialite.    


At times this novel is not an easy read; Baart tackles some pretty big issues.  Even though I wasn't blown away with the ending, I still enjoyed this exploration of familial relationships.  Sometimes the most fragile bonds are with those we love the most.  

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url 2017-07-02 18:14
July Kindle Firsts (free ARC for prime members)
The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed [Kindle in Motion] - Scott Parazynski,Susy Flory
Little Boy Lost - J.D. Trafford
Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) - Amy A. Bartol
A Beautiful Poison - Lydia Kang
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel - Julie Lawson Timmer
Kings of Broken Things - Theodore Wheeler

Prime members get one of their choice free (not to borrow, the same as purchasing) ahead of release date.


Per usual, none mainstream published, all Amazon publishing imprints.


I seldom read memoirs, but I did select The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed  - Scott Parazynski,Susy Flory  

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst
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review 2016-02-29 12:55
Review: Beautiful Broken Things
Beautiful Broken Things - Sara Barnard

I received a copy from Netgalley. 


I really don't quite know what to make of this book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.  I'm not sure what it was that didn't quite work for me. The story of the novel was an interesting one - UK based and set in Brighton so points for being a UK based novel not set in London.


 It tells the story of two best friends Caddy, a private school girl and Rosie, her public school BFF and Suzanne, the beautiful new girl who moves to town and comes between the two besties. The public school and private school thing is a big point in the novel.  Caddy goes to a posh school, she’s very intelligent and comes from a well to do family with a social worker type mother who does volunteer work for the Samaritans and a dad who’s a doctor in the hospital. They both have very high expectations for Caddy. Caddy has an older sister Tarin, who is bipolar. Her BFF Rosie she has known for ever had a baby sister who died. These are all big deals to Caddy who calls them Significant Live Events. At nearly 17 not much has happened to her and she really wants it to. She feels dull compared to her sister and Rosie.


When I first started reading the novel I found I understood Caddy quite a bit. Caddy is the nice and smart girl with friends who lead much more exciting lives than she does. She parties and drinks, but doesn’t seem to go out as often as Rosie does. Been there, done that. So as a reader it was easy to understand where Caddy was coming from. But the more I read, the more Caddy started to irritate me. Rosie introduces Caddy to her new school friend Suzanne who has moved to Brighton and lives with her Aunt Sarah. Suzanne is pretty, she’s funny and outgoing. And immediately Caddy is jealous, especially since Suzanne and Rosie go to the same school and get to hang out a lot. Again, completely understandable.


At one point Caddy is hanging in Rosie’s room and Rosie has left the room and left her Facebook page open. So Caddy has a snoop and finds the link to Suzanne’s profile (Rosie and Suzanne are Facebook friends, Caddy is not Suzanne’s friend on Facebook).  Caddy sees a conversation in comments between Suzanne and someone about the previous night’s Coronation Street (a British soap opera) and something about trigger warnings in the episode that might upset Suzanne if she watches. Rosie comes back in the room and Caddy can’t snoop anymore. Caddy doesn’t understand what ‘trigger warnings’ are. So she looks it up. And then after finding out she gets suspicious about Suzanna’s reasons for being in town and living with an Aunt and not her parents. So the next day when she’s hanging out with Rosie and Suzanne and some of their friends, Caddy BRINGS UP THE CORONATION STREET EPISODE AND ASKS ABOUT IT KNOWING FULL WELL IT WILL GET A REACTION OUT OF SUZANNE. 

(spoiler show)


It was stupid and bordering on cruel. But Caddy, for someone who’s supposed to be smart and nice, doesn’t think twice about this and gets a reaction out of Suzanne. Suzanne is upset and leaves. Caddy does chase after her to apologise. Somehow, after that Caddy and Suzanne become friends.  The novel progresses exploring the friendships between the three girls and the difficulties between the very different personalities. Caddy seems to be dragged along a lot. Suzanne is enigmatic and charming. As it turns out, Suzanne has some pretty dark secrets and a horrible background.


Spoilery – but a big part of the novel and something I need to mention.


Suzanne comes from an abusive home, she has been beaten by her father for many years and the rest of her family don’t seem to be doing much to help. Eventually Aunt Sarah stepped in and took Suzanne in. Caddy is naturally horrified when she finds out.  What set off Caddy finding out about all of Suzanne’s history was because she saw her father at a movie theatre and freaked Suzanne out completely. She shuts down. Caddy learns more when she tries to talk to Suzanne a few times and Suzanne is suffering from depression and none of the adults seem to get this. At another point in the story the aunt tries to convince Suzanne to go home for Christmas for family’s sake. The family with the father who has been beating her for years. Because maybe things will be better.  This is from the Aunt who is supposed to be helping make things better?!? Suzanne is “difficult and rebellious” for not wanting to agree to this.

(spoiler show)


 Suzanne has a wild party girl persona, doesn’t seem to care about rules or schoolwork or anything. All she wants to do is hang out, have fun and party. Nothing unusual for a teenager. She goes out, drinks, smokes weed and kisses all sorts of boys. Fair enough, again, it’s what kids do.

But when she breaks off with one boy who treats her terribly, they have a huge fight, Suzanne throws a chair and is suspended. Then later on, Caddy finds her at a party in a deep make out session with the same boy.

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And doesn’t get it.   Caddy finds herself pulled into Suzanne’s charm and the desire to be more rebellious herself.


Which has dramatic consequences for her relationships with Rosie and her parents. Caddy has never broken rules or sneaked out or anything (that her parents know about) before Suzanne came along. Suzanne is branded a bad influence and Caddy is told several times to stay away. Even though Suzanne has horrible circumstances in her life, she’s acting out instead of getting help and no one wants Caddy to drag herself down.


Caddy of course is becoming more and more protective and closer with Suzanne as a friend and won’t listen to anyone’s warning. Her own behaviour starts getting a bit worse. Caddy herself is quite happy to go along with the flow. She’s finally doing something exciting and damn the consequences. It’s a sort of amusing look at – well so what if I’m sneaking out and drinking and partying a bit more – parents will yell but the world will still turn.


But of course it all goes a step too far and something one night that was supposed to be a bit of midnight fun goes hideously wrong and it’s a wakeup call for everyone.


Except for Caddy. Who is a complete idiot by this point.

Even Suzanne by the end shows some incredible character growth and pulls her head out her ass.

(spoiler show)

Though all Caddy seems to think about is losing her friend. Yes, I can get that she’s sad about that. But that friend’s actions have put Caddy in some serious danger. And there were serious consequences.

Even Suzanne knows this and has worked towards realising the help she needs and found adults who can provide this.

(spoiler show)

At least the two of them will have their fun memories to look back on and both are very grateful for that.


It’s certainly a moving look and friendships and the lengths that teen girls will go to for each other when a close companion is suffering and no grownups seem to understand. Caddy has Suzanne’s back when everyone they know seems to turn against her.  There’s also a very moving author’s note at the end about what inspired the novel and why it’s Caddy’s story and not Suzanne’s. There’s also some very helpful links and addresses for UK teenagers who may be dealing with any number of the series issues raised in the novel.


Thank you to Netgalley and Pan MacMillan for approving my request to view the title. 

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